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What are teachers worth?

Here in Canberra the minority Stanhope Labor Government is urging wage restraint. 

It has offered teachers 2 percent next year and 2.5 percent the year after. 

These are below the current headline inflation rate (2.7 percent) and core inflation rate (4.1 percent). 

Either way the most left wing Government in Australia, propped up by the Greens, is offering real pay cuts to its teachers.

The left wing Treasurer is saying it’s a case of more jobs or more pay.  We think it should be a case of more jobs and more pay.

John sent a letter to The Canberra Times, which they published. This is what he said about teachers’ pay and jobs.


Dear Editor

Every union and unionist should support public teachers in their just campaign for real wage increases and against cuts in service. 

If the teachers can smash this ‘left’ Labor pay cap then we all benefit

So important is their campaign for improved living standards and more teachers that I believe if teachers strike every other union with members employed by the ACT Government should join them.

And we should join together in a mass meeting to decide on more action till we defeat Gallagher’s grab and the Greens’ complicity in it.

We didn’t cause their crisis. We shouldn’t pay for it.

Let’s strike for more jobs and better pay.